FLOOD MAPPING - THE FINAL PLAN CHANGES AGAIN -

My comments on the recent approval of the MBRC regional plan by Minister Trad without amendment and without conditions.

Ken Park 14.12.2015

IF I MIGHT INTERRUPT THE COUNCILLORS’ ORGY OF MUTUAL BACK SLAPPING WITH A TASTE OF REALITY......

YES, YOU DID FOOL THE PUBLIC AND YES YOU DID CON THE STATE GOVERNMENT INTO APPROVING YOUR PERFECT REGIONAL PLAN, WITHOUT EVEN A COMMA BEING CHANGED.

SO WHY NOW, BEFORE THE INK HAS EVEN DRIED, IS IT NECESSARY TO UNDERTAKE MAJOR AMENDMENTS TO 21 SEPARATE AREAS OF THE PLAN;


 

MAJOR AMENDMENTS, SIGNIFICANT REVIEWS.

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD IMEDIATELY INSTEAD OF WAITING FOR THE NORMAL 10 YEAR CYCLE FOR A GOOD PLAN.

PERHAPS IT WASN’T ALL THAT GOOD AFTER ALL?

AS USUAL, THERE WAS NO PUBLIC CONSULTATION OR PARTICIPATION IN DECIDING THE AREAS TO BE REVIEWED AND AMENDED, NOR ARE RATEPAYERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THESE REVIEWS -

UNTIL IT IS ANOTHER “TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT” DONE DEAL.


 

YCF - VOTERS FIRST - NO PARTY POLITICS - A SAFE OPTION!

8.12.15

Your Community First Media Release

RATEPAYERS WON’T PAY

Mayor Allan Sutherland has “no doubt” that the proposed Petrie University will receive federal funding.

He is so confident that he has reassured ratepayers that “I wouldn’t have gone on this journey if I’d expected the ratepayers to pay for the university.” 

In previous statements Cr Sutherland has said that it was necessary to “put our money on the table” as an inducement for the state and federal governments to do likewise; but it appears that this is no longer the case. 

Chairman of Your Community First Colin Hewett agrees with Mayor Sutherland: 

“ There is no way that ratepayers or the council should be involved in the funding or in the management of this project.

I am pleased that the Mayor has given public committment to that principle”. 

Should there be a change in Council membership he said, it can be expected that the new councillors would vigorously press the Federal Government to fund improved tertiary education opportunities in our region.

There will be no burden on ratepayers, he said. 

Mr Hewett went on to say that the debate on this proposal had gone completely off the rails because of lack of information and contradictory information coming from Cr Sutherland and Vice Chancellor of USC, Prof Hill. 

A proper business plan would be a great start...is there one?

The status of the campus seems to change daily from a dependent campus one day to a free-standing independent establishment the next.

The reported cost of the land changes daily and the contamination status has never been made public.

The latest confusion is that enrolments have been invited for an institution that won’t exist for some years hence.

I do counsel the Mayor to embrace openness and to consult ALL stakeholders, Mr Hewett said.

Colin Hewett

President

Your Community First Inc.

Ph: 0435 073 072


 

 

SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY FIRST! RECLAIM CABOOLTURE JOINS THE FRAY! WATER RIP OFF!

A move to larger councils was trendy a generation ago - A FAILURE TODAY!

The results, the academic studies and our own observations, particularly the four de-amalgamations, show that everywhere the BIG councils have been forced upon us there is  conclusive evidence of the failure of these big councils.

In no place [in the world, I believe] has there been an amalgamation because the people wanted it and voted for it.

In every case it has been forced upon the people and there has been a denial of democracy. It is bureaucracy ruling the people. 

Almost all of the ills and defects of local government may be put right with a return to LOCAL councils.  

LOCAL councils guard every dollar of rates as if it were their own money. They control borrowing - a personal interest!

REGIONAL councils charge ever more and borrow more and more. They waste our money on iconic, ego building projects.

LOCAL councils give towns and districts an identity, a focal point for social, cultural and economic activity.

REGIONAL councils promote major centres at the expense of outlying areas.

LOCAL councils talk with ratepayers, consult, listen and react to needs.

REGIONAL councils become “big brother”, arrogantly deciding what people need and don’t need.

SMALL councils are democratic 

Small Councils CARE!

Ken Park - Chairman of Committees - ALL MBRC DIVISIONS!


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SMALL councils are open and transparent, focussed only on the needs of the people.

REGIONAL councils are secretive and are so much more attractive for corruption and other improper activities and outside influences. 

Most of the problems and ills of local government will be overcome with smaller councils.

Think of any problem that you find with the big regional council.

Did that problem exist when we had LOCAL councils, local councillors dealing with local issues?

Would they disappear if we returned to our original LOCAL councils? 

We have been unwillingly diverted into the political arena because neither government will give the people a choice.

Regrettably the people need to take over the regional councils so that the council can itself give the people a democratic vote on whether they want to retain the BIG councils.

Yes, we have been side-tracked into fighting against  the symptoms of the big councils, but we need to keep our sights clearly on the reasons and on the ultimate goal: a democratic choice.

A lot of people have gone off the word “de-amalgamation” because it is believed that our rulers will find “boundary change” more palatable.

A complete change back to the old status is clearly not always sensible.

Here locally, West Caboolture will grow so much in the next decade that even Caboolture Shire will have to consider splitting; and everybody except the governments accept that the Hills district should be a part of Brisbane City.

If that is what “boundary change” means, then I support it; If the people, not the bureaucrats, make the decision.

Regards - Ken Park - on behalf of - Your Community First - ReclaimCabooltureshireInc - MBEC - QLGRA - and other communities..